India Raises Record Grain Outlook, Cuts Sugar Output EstimateBy
Food grain production seen at 273.38 million tons: ministry
Rice, wheat, pulses estimates raised; sugar forecast reduced
India increased its already record forecast for grain production, while lowering its forecasts for sugar and oilseeds.
Grain production may total 273.38 million metric tons in 2016-17, up from a previous forecast for 272 million tons, the Farm Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Wheat output is forecast at a record 97.44 million tons, from 96.6 million tons predicted in February, it said.
India’s agriculture production depends on the monsoon, which affects both summer and winter crop sowing and waters more than half of all farmland. India is set for a normal monsoon for a second year, with rainfall of 96 percent of the long-term average, according to government forecasters.
An Indian cotton bale weighs 170 kilograms (375 pounds) each.
Production forecasts include:
|May Estimate||February Estimate|
|Rice||109.15 million tons||108.9 million tons|
|Wheat||97.44 million tons||96.6 million tons|
|Pulses||22.4 million tons||22.1 million tons|
|Sugar cane||306.03 million tons||309.9 million tons|
|Oilseeds||32.52 million tons||33.6 million tons|
|Cotton||32.58 million bales||32.5 million bales|